In this article KFFL breaks down the fantasy football sleepers of the week. We will avoid marquee names because players of that caliber are rarely benched, regardless of their matchup. Instead, we will focus on the players that make your fantasy lineup decisions stressful each week. Read on to learn which midrange to low-end players you wouldn’t necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.
Note: All statistics are from Week 10 to Week 13, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers
Earl Bennett, Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots
Fantasy value: No. 2 or No. 3
- Bennett has at least seven targets in three of his last five games and has a total 11 red zone looks in that time, along with 11 catches and two touchdowns over his last two games. Jay Cutler trusts his old Vanderbilt teammate.
- The Pats have been friendly to wideouts, even including their shellacking of the New York Jets. They've allowed 15.50 catches, 195.8 yards and 1.75 touchdown catches per game to this position, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions.
Derek Hagan, New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings
Bennett getting more comfortable
Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex
- Though Steve E. Smith (pectoral) might return in Week 14, the return date of Hakeem Nicks (leg) isn't yet determined. Hagan has been targeted 21 times in the last three games, including a seven-catch, 65-yard effort in Week 13 on eight targets.
- You can squeeze one more week of value out of him against Minny, whose secondary has allowed wideouts to average 12.25 catches, 169.8 yards and 1.50 touchdowns per game.
NEW - Josh Morgan, San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Morgan has just 19 targets over the last four weeks. Troy Smith had given Morgan seven receptions in the last two contests, but San Fran's switch back to Alex Smith under center could open up the passing game even more. Alex Smith at least has played with Morgan longer than Troy Smith did.
- Seattle's defense has been weak overall in the last four weeks, with their pass-stopping facet continuing its awful performance. Wideouts have averaged 13.75 catches, 196.5 yards and 2.00 touchdown catches per game against Seattle.
- How deep do you have to dig for a flex play? Morgan's matchup and his recent surge give make him a bottom-scraping waiver wire addition.
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